Rooney: It was weird to play for Everton again!

The Manchester United star put on a Toffees shirt for the first time since 2004 during Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial on Sunday and was “delighted” by a warm reception


England captain Wayne Rooney says that it was “a bit weird” to pull on an Everton shirt again but enjoyed his run-out in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial on Sunday.

The versatile forward burst into the footballing consciousness at Goodison Park before leaving for Manchester United under something of a cloud in 2004.

Rooney had not been certain what kind of welcome he would receive from Toffees fans as he came on as a second-half substitute but ended up pleased with the reaction.

“It’s nice to come back here and the fans gave me a great reception, which obviously I was delighted with,” he told reporters.

“Most importantly it was a big day for Duncan and he really enioyed the game and it was nice to see him back on the pitch again.

“It was a bit different today, going into the home dressing-room again. It was a bit weird at first but, as I say, didn’t know what to expect with the reception but it was a great reception.”

Rooney, a boyhood Evertonian, was also grateful for the chance for his young sons to watch him play for his old team.

He added to the Toffees’ official website: “I was delighted with the fans’ reaction. You never know what to expect but it was great for me, my kids and [wife] Coleen as well today and for them to see me in an Everton shirt.”

Chelsea target Stones won't be sold, states Martinez

The Spaniard says that Everton will not entertain bids for their centre-back, who has been linked with the Blues and both Manchester teams, insisting that he is at the right club


Everton will not sell Chelsea target John Stones, according to manager Roberto Martinez.

The England international has become the subject of major interest from the Blues, Manchester City and Manchester United, with rumours of a £30 million move to Stamford Bridge not far off.

Jose Mourinho did admit on Saturday that the Premier League champions were being priced out of a move for the 21-year-old after failing with a £28m bid in July.

And Martinez says that he is looking to build a side around Stones, issuing a hands-off warning to any interested parties.

He told reporters on Sunday: “You’re going to get clubs that are working with big budgets because they have been working in the Champions League but we are a club with nine league titles and you’ve seen today we celebrated a special memory [at Duncan Ferguson's testimonial].

“We are a big club. What we want is to build and what we want to do is concentrate on the future and we are not a selling club by any means. The situation with John is as you would expect.

“He is one of the most talented centre-backs in European football and we feel we have a special footballer with us.

“There is nothing to discuss and teams putting bids in for him doesn’t mean anything.”

Stones took part in Ferguson’s testimonial at Goodison Park as the Toffees fell to a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal.

Stones won't be sold, states Martinez

The Spaniard says that Everton will not entertain bids for their centre-back, who has been linked with the Blues and both Manchester teams, insisting that he is at the right club


Everton will not sell Chelsea target John Stones, according to manager Roberto Martinez.

The England international has become the subject of major interest from the Blues, Manchester City and Manchester United, with rumours of a £30 million move to Stamford Bridge not far off.

Jose Mourinho did admit on Saturday that the Premier League champions were being priced out of a move for the 21-year-old after failing with a £28m bid in July.

And Martinez says that he is looking to build a side around Stones, issuing a hands-off warning to any interested parties.

He told reporters on Sunday: “You’re going to get clubs that are working with big budgets because they have been working in the Champions League but we are a club with nine league titles and you’ve seen today we celebrated a special memory [at Duncan Ferguson's testimonial].

“We are a big club. What we want is to build and what we want to do is concentrate on the future and we are not a selling club by any means. The situation with John is as you would expect.

“He is one of the most talented centre-backs in European football and we feel we have a special footballer with us.

“There is nothing to discuss and teams putting bids in for him doesn’t mean anything.”

Stones took part in Ferguson’s testimonial at Goodison Park as the Toffees fell to a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal.

Keane: Manchester United won't overtake Chelsea

The former Republic of Ireland international insists that the club’s summer recruitment drive will not be enough to see them overtake reigning champions Chelsea


Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane doubts whether the club can overtake Chelsea this season, despite their major summer recruitment drive.

There has been another summer spending spree at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal investing heavily to sign Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Sergio Romero.

The quintent’s arrival comes after Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria were signed last season, though the latter is poised to join French champions PSG.

Keane, however, maintains that United are lacking the necessary strength in depth to trump Jose Mourinho’s champions in the Premier League title race, having finished fourth in 2014-15.

“United have gone away from what they were about; they are a bit like the late 80s, buying a lot of players thinking they will gel but it doesn’t happen that quickly, as much as they’ll definitely be stronger this year,” Keane told the Sunday World.

“Van Gaal’s had a full pre-season this year. They’ve looked good from what I saw in pre-season, but they had a good pre-season last year too.”

Keane added: “I don’t think the spine of United is strong enough, I still think they need a centre-half maybe. United will no doubt be better next year, they’ll need to be stronger out of the blocks, but if I was a betting man, which I’m not, I’d still go with Chelsea.

“Chelsea are the team to beat; with the strongest spine. I think they’re after the boy [John] Stones too, and if they add him, if Chelsea players show the same hunger and desire they did last year, they’ll win the league.

“Mourinho has good players, bloody good players. It looks like he’s got a good spine to the team, John Terry, their goalkeeper, the couple of lads in the middle of the park, Diego Costa, [Radamel] Falcao and Eden Hazard too.”

New Manchester United signings can bring trophies, says Jones

The England international defender believes that Louis van Gaal has bought wisely this summer, praising the qualities of the five new arrivals so far confirmed at Old Trafford


Manchester United defender Phil Jones has backed the club’s new signings to bring trophies back to Old Trafford.

Manager Louis van Gaal has already splashed out more than £80 million to secure the services of Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay, Sergio Romero, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer.

“They’re all top players,” Jones told Sky Sports News, “that’s why the manager has signed them. They’ve all got their own attributes.

“Memphis is a skilful player who can change a game and score goals.

“Schweinsteiger has got class, he’s won the World Cup, he’s won everything in the game and he’s got experience and that’s massive, especially at Manchester United.

“Darmian is a terrific right-back. He’s quick and he’s sharp and we’ve seen that in pre-season.

“Morgan as well had a terrific season with Southampton and he’ll be a great addition to the squad, definitely.”

United will discover their Champions League qualifying play-off fate when the draw is made on Friday and Jones added: “Hopefully we can progress and make it to the group stages. It will be a tough game home and away but we’re more than capable of doing it and having a good season.

“Hopefully we’ll win some trophies.”